Bissonnette, Howard Louis (Detroit, MI) Howard Louis Bissonnette, 91, formerly of Panama City, Florida and St. Paul, Minnesota, passed peacefully in his sleep on August 29, 2018. Howard was born August 28, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to Martin and Eva Bissonnette. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife of over 60 years, Karwyn Bissonnette (St. Onge) in April 2017. Howard was a veteran and served in the Navy during WW2 as a pilot. After his service, Howard graduated from the College of St. Thomas, and completed a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota. Howard was a professor and Extension Plant Pathologist at North Dakota State University, and then the University of Minnesota. He contributed to plant pathology in the areas of applied field disease diagnosis, aerial spray application, crop storage and pathology for potatoes, wheat and sugar beets during his 35 year career. He retired professor emeritus from the University of Minnesota in 1989 and he and Karwyn moved to Panama City, Florida. They enjoyed an active lifestyle, sailing, skiing, snow and water, speed boating, visiting their cabin in the northern woods as well as golfing, gardening and snowmobiling. Howard was active in service for his church, Our Lady of the Rosary, Panama City and an active member of the Knights of Columbus, as a 4th degree Knight. Howard was always interested in learning new things, a voracious reader, discussing a wide range of topics from science to theology, writing letters on policy issues and he loved entertaining family, friends from all over the world and his dear neighbors. Most importantly Howard was a loving family man who taught his children through limitless science trips, nature adventures, projects and humor. He is survived by son Daniel and his wife Laurel Bissonnette of Minnesota, daughter Lee Bissonnette and her husband Dennis Miller of Michigan, and by Suzanne Bissonnette and her husband Randall Kangas of Illinois. He is also survived by a sister, Joan Dvorak of Minnesota and by eight grandchildren. Howard will be greatly missed by family and friends. A private family interment of Howard and his beloved Karwyn is planned. Arrangements care of Modetz Funeral Home, Orion, Michigan. Condolences: modetzfuneralhomes.com.

Published on September 2, 2018


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